Friday, May 13, 2016
X-men Supreme Issue 135: Spirit Misguide is LIVE!
I hope everyone enjoyed sitting through Captain America: Civil War multiple times. Now the wait for X-men: Apocalypse can finally begin. While I tend to have a very cynical view of the X-men movies in general, I’m going to try and give X-men: Apocalypse a chance. With Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Storm, Psylocke, and Angel joining the cast, it would take genuine effort for this movie not to be entertaining on some levels. Although I’ve been wrong before, I do hope to make the wait for this movie easier with the X-men Supreme fanfiction series.
I don’t have Apocalypse in the story just yet, but I do have a few familiar faces from X-men: Apocalypse taking on a major role. One in particular is Nightcrawler. While his story is basically a blank slate in X-men: Apocalypse, he’s already on a difficult journey in the X-men Supreme fanfiction series. Ever since the Family and Fiends arc where he first showed up, he’s been struggling to balance his life with the X-men and with his ailing girlfriend, Amanda Sefton. Then, in the Civilization No Longer Lost arc, that struggle gained a new complication when Amanda fell into a coma after her encounter with Selene and Sinister. While her spirit is still active, her current state is tenuous at best.
I’ve left this conflict unaddressed for a while, even as major arcs like Natural Disorder and Dark Legacy shook the foundations of this fanfiction series. There is a reason for that. I’ve had a specific plan in place for Amanda and Nightcrawler since I introduced them back in X-men Supreme Volume 2: War Powers. I can’t reveal yet where they are in this story, but the payoff is in sight and this issue is the next step towards that payoff. What it leads to will do more than merely shake foundations of X-men Supreme, but I can only tease why for now.
A big part of this next step involves Nightcrawler making a few difficult decisions. I’ve had him struggle with others keeping secrets and making decisions for him. In many ways, it’s part of being a mutant. Nobody decides to be a mutant, living in a world of fearful humans. Beyond just being a mutant, being young also means being in a world where other people make decisions for you all the time. Charles Xavier has tried to teach mutants how to make their own decisions and encourages them to make the right ones. Nightcrawler will have to put those teachings to good use here.
Amanda Sefton is under attack once more. Nightcrawler is still in a vulnerable state, trying to protect the woman he loves while he struggles with other unresolved issues involving the X-men. He still hasn’t confronted his mother after it was revealed in X-men Supreme Issue 120: Sinister Revelations that she is Rose, Wolverine’s former lover. He hasn’t confronted Rogue either about her recent struggles. This is a defining moment for Nightcrawler and one that will set him on a different path. Hopefully, this will tide Nightcrawler fans over until X-men: Apocalypse this theaters.
Nightcrawler fans and X-men fans and general, please take the time to review this issue or any other issue of X-men Supreme when you get a chance. Either contact me directly or post it directly in the issue. Either way is fine. Until next time, take care and best wishes. Excelsior!